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Full Critique for Birmingham 2021

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Judge : Mrs Susan Crossley
This critique reflects the judge's opinion
based on what they saw on the day of the show.

Thank you very much to the exhibitors for a great entry and for the sporting way the results were received. Thank you to my two very good stewards who made my day so much more pleasant and kept everything on track for me. Shih Tzu have been my hobby for 53 years and during that time I have seen many changes, not always for the better. There is a tendency towards smaller eyes and longer noses which is so untypical for a Shih Tzu head and expression. A longer nose does not make for easier breathing, the problems with breathing occur from soft pallets and tight nostrils, and dogs with these should be excluded from breeding programmes. Large round dark eyes are a true Shih Tzu beauty, making them smaller is not the answer to eye accidents, making sure they are not bulbous helps with this and daily eye care also. Shih Tzu are rectangular so if you bring them up on the leg you have to extend the body so they are not square, that makes the dogs bigger and the weight 16/18 lbs wont be achievable. So, lets not make them too large, lets stick to the standard that has been around for a long time. There is a saying “If its not broke don’t fix it”, perhaps we must all remember that when breeding and try not to alter the standard to what we think it should be.

Minor Puppy Dog
1stMarhilway Driving Edge At JacquintaGood size, correct head, good mouth, coat really good, lovely tail, good expression, moved very well.
2ndBright MoonAttractive youngster, good coat, correct tail. Good size, good head. Unfortunately showed some white of eye which hopefully should improve as he grows.

Puppy Dog
1stMatsuba King Of HeartsLovely balanced puppy, correct tail. Very pretty head, excellent mouth. Level topline, moved very soundly. Best Puppy
2ndShirkeira The TricksterBigger puppy with longer legs, moved soundly.

Junior Dog
1stCarlita Remember To DreamVery correct size, lovely balance. Excellent coat and presentation was really at one with his young handler.
2ndQuingshui Gingers NinjaAttractive boy, good dark eyes. He was very nice standing but when he moved he didn’t carry his tail well.

Beginners Dog
1stBaccibo Truly Madley DeeplyVery sound, up to size boy. Level bite, very good tail. Large attractive head, good coat. Behaved well for his handler.

Novice Dog
1stTsantha A KeepsakeUnder the coat this is a really good Shih Tzu. Correct head, good size, sound movement. His coat needs taking in hand as it will hold him back
2ndGladmin Soweto Star Over MattianaNice outline, correct head, good mouth, just dropped his tail.
3rdShirkeira The TricksterBigger puppy with longer legs, moved soundly.

Yearling Dog
1stBaccibo Truly Madley DeeplyVery sound, up to size boy. Level bite, very good tail. Large attractive head, good coat. Behaved well for his handler.
2ndTsantha A KeepsakeUnder the coat this is a really good Shih Tzu. Correct head, good size, sound movement. His coat needs taking in hand as it will hold him back
3rdQuingshui Gingers NinjaAttractive boy, good dark eyes. He was very nice standing but when he moved he didn’t carry his tail well.

Graduate Dog
1stSenousi Dressed For It By FairmereThis dog had a lovely head and expression. He was a correct size and had a very good balance, his tail carriage was very good, shown in lovely coat plus condition. Very sound.
2ndPaliden Shooting StarAnother very good type Shih Tzu. Very nice head and expression, good size, good tail, lovely coat and moved very soundly.
VHCShirkeira The TricksterBigger puppy with longer legs, moved soundly.

Post Graduate Dog
1stCedarhythe Majical DestinyAnother correct type. Excellent size, lovely tail. Very good head and expression, correct mouth, good coat. Moved soundly. This boy not at his best yet but will definitely get there.
2ndPrins Big Treasure Heniwo’s With Fairlou (ImpAnother correct type. Very pretty head and expression. Beautiful tail carriage, he moved very soundly coming and going.

Limit Dog
1stMinfaa Sundance KidLovely head and expression, excellent mouth, very good balance, lovely tail. Level top line, moved very soundly, excellent coat plus condition. Dog CC.
2ndTa Maria Black Edition at Matsuba (Fin Imp)Another very good type Shih Tzu, he has all the virtues, preferred head and mouth of first. They could change places any time.

Open Dog
1stCh. Miracey Zero HourLovely dog, good head and expression, excellent tail, good balance, good mouth, sound front and rear, gave his handler an awkward time which tipped the balance. Res Dog CC.
2ndChanikos Living The Dream at EthelsmeadAnother lovely Shih Tzu, it’s such a pleasure to judge them when they are like this. Good head and expression, lovely balance, excellent tail carriage. Both dogs in beautiful coat and condition. Could change places another day.

Veteran Dog
1stTsantha Happy As Larry With HajenzaLovely dog, excellent condition, a very good example of the breed.

Minor Puppy Bitch
1stMarhilway Explored The EdgeA very pretty puppy with lovely balance, uncertain on the move.

Puppy Bitch
1stNorboo Esmeralda By ShihzarbrunoPretty gold/white bitch, good head and expression, good dark eyes. Very well developed, chest well let down, moved soundly. Best Bitch Puppy.
2ndNorboo Flower BombBeautiful headed puppy, littler sister to first. She was lovely but didn’t have development of first, hope it comes in time.

Junior Bitch
1stCh. Zeeva Mirror ImageLovely to handle this girl. Very correct, beautiful typical Shih Tzu expression, large dark eyes, excellent nose placement, just a lovely head. She is a nice size for the breed, excellent balance and moved soundly. Res Bitch CC.
2ndPeekin Hoi-Tee-Toi-Tee-TuVery similar to first, good expression, nice size, excellent tail carriage, sound movement.

Beginners Bitch
1stSnoops Golden LadyVery correct Shih Tzu, good head, a very nice size, lovely coat, correct tail, moved soundly.

Novice Bitch
1stSenousi Love The DressTwo very good young ladies. Nice size and balance, good head and expression, lovely tail carriage. Sound.
2ndPaliden Star Sensation At TansinghVery similar to first, very nice head and expression, lovely balance, unfortunately wasn’t behaving well.

Yearling Bitch
1stMiracey Disco FeverVery good size and balance, excellent tail carriage, good head and expression, moved soundly front and rear, beautiful coat.
2ndEthelsmead Connie FrancisVery similar to first, slightly higher on leg. Good head and expression, moved soundly, excellent tail carriage.

Graduate Bitch
1stChanikos My Wildest DreamThis is a lovely bitch, “Fit for function” I have written. Excellent head and expression, good size, lovely balance, excellent tail, moved soundly. In lovely coat, I hope she goes onto a successful show career, she deserves it.
2ndSenousi Caress In A DressA very pretty girl similar style to first. Good head and expression, good size, preferred balance of first but this girl moved soundly and more than deserved her placing.

Post Graduate Bitch
1stMinfaa Cool Factor KaffdanBeautiful head and expression, a very nice size, excellent tail, moved very soundly. A quality bitch, see later she is little sister to Dog CC.
2ndSnoops Golden LadyVery correct Shih Tzu, good head, a very nice size, lovely coat, correct tail, moved soundly.

Limit Bitch
1stMiracey Sand Dancer At KatonierBeautiful head and expression, excellent balance and shape, very good tail carriage, she was just a bit uncertain but all the dogs have been out for so long due to Covid I think they will all come back with a bang as shows get going again.
2ndMarpalyn Phab GoldAnother lovely bitch, excellent head and expression, lovely balance and excellent tail. These two bitches were lovely, it seems all the good ones come in the same class. Very sound movement.
3rdPaliden Bucks Fizz to Ekland JWThis was another great bitch, every one of these three should get this title.

Open Bitch
1stThaisu Desperate Housewife for KimevanLovely head and expression, excellent balance, a really nice correct looking girl, good tail and sound front and rear.
2ndCh. Taydale Dancin In The Stars with CedarhytheAnother good looking bitch I think needs to be handled to appreciate her virtues properly. Great head and expression, good size, excellent tail, carries herself perfectly on the move, very sound.
3rdCh. Shorestar Hocus Pocus JWAnother good bitch, as I said they all come in the same class.

Veteran Bitch
1stCh. Rossvale Secret ObsessionShe is absolutely lovely, so correct to the standard, gorgeous head, big dark eyes, her expression is beautiful, she is a lovely shape, balanced perfectly, excellent tail and very sound on the move. Bitch CC + BOB. Very well deserved
2ndCh. Miracey Fruity KissesThis girl was looking lovely, just a bit bigger than first, but all the breed characteristics there. A very deserving champion.
3rdMeilijo Some Like It Hot JWThis one making up three lovely girls.